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Milliken Increases Recycled Content in Modular Carpet

Posted on Nov 23, 2015, by Mollie Williams

According to Sedona Recycles, “An estimated 94% of the materials extracted for use in manufacturing durable products become waste before the product is even manufactured.”

This statistic alone is a call to manufacturers across industries to rethink how to not only minimize, but also utilize post-industrial, or pre-consumer, recycled content in products.

The Milliken floor covering division has sent zero waste to landfill for more than 20 years. We seek out ways reduce and repurpose our company’s remnants from manufacturing and incorporate appropriate pre-consumer material from other organizations - minimizing multiple carbon footprints.

As such, we are proud to announce the integration of an average of 8-10% additional recycled content in all standard modular carpets in the Americas. This raises the range of total recycled content in Milliken U.S.-manufactured modular carpets to between 28% and 58%.

This update to Milliken’s product portfolio is in line with the industry’s movement toward products that utilize more recycled materials. It also extends Milliken’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, supporting the company’s holistic approach to sustainability, both for the environment and for the well-being of end users.

Notably, the recycled content is “clean” – eliminating eco-toxicity concerns and ensuring that the material has not been contaminated during previous manufacturing or exposed to potentially hazardous or toxic materials. Locally sourced from Sylacauga, Alabama, the recycled content is certified by UL.   

“The increase in recycled content across our standard floor covering collections represents the next step in our sustainability journey,” noted Philip Ivey, global sustainability leader for the Milliken floor covering division. “We’re dedicated to continuously improving the sustainability of our products from a holistic perspective - including the manufacturing process, material components, longevity, and end-of-life management. We’re doing this without compromising the integrity of our products.”

To discover more about our sustainability initiatives at Milliken, click here

Mollie Williams

Written by Mollie Williams